Found nestling in the south west of England, Devon is an extremely rich and diverse county, and the landscape changes dramatically as you travel throughout the region. When you are in Devon, you will find that the jagged coastlines of the north and south of the county are beautifully juxtaposed by the rugged inland areas of Exmoor and Dartmoor and perfectly placed towns and villages.
Use our map of Devon below to explore your perfect holiday location or find out where to go when you visit Devon:
In the north of the county, you will find numerous coastal towns and quaint fishing villages such as the historic harbour town of Clovelly. North Devon is famed for its sweeping golden coastline and has some of the most well-renowned beaches in the UK and the world. Arguably the most celebrated and family friendly of these is Woolacombe beach alongside Saunton Sands, Croyde Bay, Westward Ho!, and Putsborough. Further along the coast is the popular tourist resort of Ilfracombe, where you are able to join the South West Coast Path and explore the area, as well as Lynton and Lynmouth which are well worth a visit to see the cliff railway and Valley of the Rocks. Exmoor National Park is found in North Devon, and offers visitors the chance to explore the walking and cycling trails and experience some truly breath-taking views of coast and country. Other places of interest in North Devon include Appledore, Barnstaple, and Bideford.
Like North Devon, the south of the county has an abundance of glorious beaches including Blackpool Sands, Slapton Sands, and Soar Mill Cove. Plymouth is one of the major cities in South Devon, with the Hoe and Barbican being popular areas here, and is still a major port for the United Kingdom. South Devon is also home to the prevalent fishing town of Brixham, as well as the popular towns of Thurlestone, Teignmouth, Sidmouth and Dawlish. Torquay is arguably one of the most visited destinations in Devon, and for good reason. Here you will find popular attractions and beaches and the nearby village of Cockington which is often described as a quintessentially English village. The jewel in the crown of South Devon is Dartmouth which features the pretty harbour and boutique shops. Dartmouth also plays host to many events throughout the year including its famous regatta week and Dartmouth Food Festival. For more iconic sites in South Devon, head to Dartmoor National Park.
In Mid Devon nestles the county’s capital city, Exeter, which showcases the best of the past and present. The Cathedral is an imposing building found in the centre of the city and the grassed area outside is perfect for enjoying an ice cream. Rougemont Castle, also known as Exeter Castle, is also located in Exeter and is surrounded on three sides by Northernhay Gardens which is the oldest public open space in England. Affectionately regarded as England’s “Little Switzerland” and sitting on the River Tavy, Tavistock is a historic town found in Mid Devon situated on the western edge of Dartmoor and here you will find boutique shops as well as pretty tea rooms. Other scenic locations in Mid Devon include Princetown, Widecombe in the Moor, and Okehampton.
East Devon is home to the gateway town of the Jurassic Coast, Exmouth, which sits on the eastern bank of the River Exe. Due to its location on the Jurassic coast path, the rocks that sit on the beach in Exmouth are fantastic for fossil hunting and are certain to be hiding some exciting geological secrets. Along the south-eastern coast of Devon sits the charming town of Beer, famous for its locally caught crab and other seafood. Salcombe is a popular sailing town found along the south-eastern coast in Devon alongside Seaton which is famous for its unique tramway. Other locations worth visiting include Budleigh Salterton, Honiton, and Ottery St Mary.
The map of Devon above will help you to picture your perfect holiday in Devon. For more information about the county, be sure to take a look at our guide to food and drink, our guide to Devon's beaches, and our extensive guides on things to do! Then, once you've fallen in love, kickstart your holiday by looking at our selection of self-catering cottages, B&Bs, hotels and holiday parks.